City Manager's Office
The City of Holland has a City Council/City Manager form of government. As its governing body, Holland's City Council is comprised of nine elected members. The City Council's primary responsibility is to make decisions regarding the present and future of the City of Holland. The City Manager is appointed by the City Council and with the help of staff, is responsible for all management functions of the City, including preparation of the budget, delivery of services, hiring of personnel, and implementation of capital projects. The City Manager provides the City Council with the information needed to fulfill its legislative role.
The City of Holland is located near the shores of Lake Michigan, in the south west corner of Ottawa County and the northwest corner of Allegan County. According to the 2010 census, the population was 33,051. This places Holland as the 53rd largest municipality in Michigan. City limits span 17.35-square miles, with 9.1 located in Ottawa County and 8.1 in Allegan County. The City of Holland is located 30 miles southwest of Grand Rapids, 186 miles northwest of Detroit and 150 miles northeast of Chicago Illinois.
The City of Holland - its residents, businesses, institutions, and organizations - are proud of our community and the significant emphasis on:
- Beautification Efforts
- Environmental Stewardship
- Historic Preservation
- Service Excellence
Civic pride and responsibility are evident on every street and avenue, and community involvement at all levels is the base to our City success. The city of Holland is committed to excellence in the delivery of services. Our quality of life is enhanced through our collective efforts, today and for the generations to come.
City Manager's Biography
Keith Van Beek was selected as the City Manager of the City of Holland in February 2018. He currently provides leadership and direction for this community of 33,500+ residents through the efforts of nearly 275 employees and a general budget of $22 million and fund budget of $196 million dollars.
Public Administration Career
Before joining the City of Holland, Keith was the Deputy County Administrator for the County of Ottawa. He directed Facilities, Equalization, Veterans Affairs, Community Action Agency, and legislative coordination at the federal and state level. In his role as Deputy County Administrator, Keith also coordinated the administrative functions (Finance, Innovation and Technology, Planning and Performance Improvement, Human Resources and Facilities) for the 32 departments, elected offices and courts of Ottawa County.
Van Beek’s experience in public administration is extensive. He served as City of Kentwood City Administrator for 12 years in a modified strong mayor form of government, working as the chief of staff for the mayor managing 250 city employees. His accomplishments there included the development and management of a $27 million general fund budget, with additional enterprise funds managing water and sewer systems, roads and other municipal infrastructure. The focus of the management team was to develop a five-year budgetary plan through difficult economic times with a millage cap of 7.5061 mills.
Throughout his career, Van Beek has been highly involved in professional associations. He is a credentialed manager in the International City County Management Association (ICMA), past president and former board member of the Michigan Municipal Executives and the West Michigan Municipal Executives; and member of the Michigan Association of County Administrative officials.
Keith has served a number of community organizations and agencies, including as the chairperson of Community SPOKE, an alliance of the Lakeshore Nonprofit Alliance and Ottawa County Human Services Coordinating Council. Community SPOKE began such conversations as Housing Next to address affordable housing issues. Keith is also the current treasurer of the Greater Ottawa County United Way.
Keith is a graduate of Holland Christian High School, Calvin College, and has a Master of Public Administration degree from Grand Valley State University.
Keith lives and is actively engaged in the Holland community with his wife, and his teenage daughter and son.
Keith can be reached at (616) 355.1310, or